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Kira Municipality Releases Road Improvement Plan to Curb Gridlock

Kira Municipal Town Clerk Benon Yiga stresses that over time, they have focused on short term interventions like road maintenance and filling potholes. Yiga says that the municipality will now embark on the installation of traffic lights to guide traffic flow on top of widening all the major roads linking the municipality to Kampala.

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Strategic roads in Kira Municipality are going to be widened as part of an upgrade aimed at reducing the traffic gridlock in the area.  The plan also involves installing traffic lights at designated points, as the urban council moves to develop an improved integrated public transport infrastructure. 

According to the municipal physical development plan, the interventions are expected to pave way for a resilient road network that meets Municipal community and business needs.  

Kira Municipal Town Clerk Benon Yiga stresses that over time, they have focused on short term interventions like road maintenance and filling potholes. Yiga says that the municipality will now embark on the installation of traffic lights to guide traffic flow on top of widening all the major roads linking the municipality to Kampala.

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Kira Municipal Engineer James Joloba notes that they have over 64 kilometres of strategic roads which they have been lined up for the midterm plan to be upgraded to bitumen standard, widened with pedestrian walkways and special routes for motorcyclists.

Eng Joloba, however, adds that they have prioritized 32 kilometres at a unit cost of at 4.2 billion Shillings per kilometre.  

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The district only has two billion Shillings at hand, which has now been allocated towards the upgrade of the 4.2-kilometre section of Namugongo-Mbalwa- Agenda which handles alternative traffic from the areas of Sonde and Bweyogerere to Kireka.

Yiga, however, says that they are pushing for a special fund to improve major

infrastructure in municipalities around Wakiso. 

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Esther Kaitesi, a resident of Nsawo Cell, Namugongo Division in Kira Municipality says she wakes up at 5 a.m. to drive to her workplace in Kampala. However, at times she arrives way after 8 a.m. because of traffic gridlock on the route.   

But Cissy Nakanwagi, a resident of Namugongo, observes that the gridlock challenge may not be solved by merely widening roads and installing traffic lights. She observes that as the population size increases, the area needs a better public transport system or a limit on Public cars.    

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Traffic congestion in Kira, like elsewhere in Kampala metropolitan area, is blamed on the very poor road network, coupled with poor drainage systems and poor driving skills.  Kira is expected to have more than 2.4 million people by 2040 making transport one of the basic infrastructure service demands.